Senior Bridget McLaughlin '20 of the women's basketball team spent the summer in South Africa and writes about her experience from Cape Town, a city in the western part of the country that is near the Cape of Good Hope. Here is her experience.
By Bridget McLaughlin '20
This summer I spent two months in Cape Town, South Africa. I wanted to get an internship in a field I am interested in and I wanted to travel this summer so I decided to combine the two and get an internship abroad. My major is Business Management and I am Minoring in Economics, Marketing, and International Business. I decided to get an internship in event management and marketing. I worked for The Scary Canary, a live music bar on popular Long Street in Cape Town. I met with artists and performers, set up events, ran events, and advertised and marketed for events. Every day I would check inventory, check cash ups, and open the bar. I would create posters or social media posts for upcoming events. When artists or bands contacted the bar to set up an event they would be sent to me. I would meet with them, discuss a date, time, and what they needed in terms of set up, entry fees, and payments for the performance. On the night of these events I would be there helping the performer set up, I would run the bar, and make sure everything would run smoothly, and then assist with take down of the event and closing of the bar. It was a small bar so I got to experience every aspect of the business. My job was a good start and experience in the hospitality industry, which I could see a future career path in.
Along with my internship I got to travel and experience Cape Town. I lived in an apartment building with other people studying or interning abroad. Some people were from places like the Netherlands, France, Uganda, Germany, Belgium, and more. I became super close to all of my roommates and we would take trips together and explore South Africa. I hiked Table Mountain, an iconic landmark in South Africa, the views from the top overlook the city. I went to Boulder Beach, which is a beach where you can interact with penguins. I went shark cage diving, it was winter time in South Africa, so the water was freezing, but it was worth it. I went surfing for the first time in my life at Muizenberg Beach, which is the main surfing spot in Cape Town. I went on a safari at a game reserve and saw elephants, cheetahs, lions, and rhinos. I then got to walk with elephants and feed them at an elephant sanctuary and I got to pet a cheetah at a wildlife reserve. I made some amazing memories and had some of the most amazing experiences those two months. I made some lifelong friends while in South Africa, I hope one day to go back and visit them and visit my roommates in their home countries. Overall, it was an incredible learning experience, I gained more independence, learned a lot about myself, made great memories, and gained some best friends.